Interview : Russell Slade : 11/03/2008
Russell Slade talks to BBC Radio Bristol after the 1-0 defeat against Millwall
Russell Slade
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Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage after his side had lost 0-1 at home to Millwall on March 11th 2008.

RS: I thought we started really brightly, particularly in the first 10 minutes. I looked at the scoreboard and thought we should have been at least 1-0 up. I thought we had at least three decent chances, of which you'd expect at least one of those to go in. It doesn't go in though. The game was then one in the first half period of few chances to be honest and it became a bit more even.

I thought we started brightly in the second half, but I thought that changed and Millwall got on top in terms of possession, although the best chances came to us all night. Even in the 88th minute when we looked as though we'd lost our way somewhat, we had a glorious opportunity to at least snatch a draw. But fair play to Millwall in the second period because I thought they played some attractive football with some good pace and some good energy and they were too difficult for us to break down.

DS: You lost your way in the second half. Would you put that down to the midfield or the defence?

RS: I'd put it down to a lot of things. Obviously Woods was not going to last 90 minutes. He's had a virus and he's been injured so we had to make a substitution there. Matty Rose, who has been consistent in the midfield, can probably just do 20 minutes for us tonight, but he's had to go on the bench tonight because of numbers. So it was difficult. But yes, I thought we lost it in the midfield in the main. I thought our four across there began to struggle and Millwall got on top. From there, Millwall dominated possession really, without in all honesty hurting us, until they got the goal. We didn't mark in the box; we didn't pick up bodies in the box. We've got to learn to mark in the box. We had enough bodies to deal with the cross and we didn't deal with that because we weren't marking.

DS: The goal seemed a bit similar to Cheltenham on Saturday.

RS: Well, I don't know that there was the deflection that there was against Cheltenham on Saturday. But I found it very similar to the one we conceded at Port Vale where the ball came in and was just dinked to the back stick and we've not really dealt with it because we've not been tight enough to people.

DS: The side has been unsettled recently which hasn't helped. Jaime Peters made a great impact at the start of the game, but he has now gone off injured. Any word on how he is?

RS: It's his achilles, I believe, or his ankle - certainly around that area. That was a disappointment for us because I thought he started the game well. He was making an impact and he was a threat, and that was a disappointment to lose him at that stage.

DS: Crewe lost tonight and Gillingham lost as well, so a bit of comfort from that?

RS: Yes, I suppose so but you've got to take care of your own destiny. Tonight we didn't do that. After a really bright start after 10 or 15 minutes, I was really disappointed with our second half performance. It's got to be a lot better than that.

DS: There was a contentious handball decision midway through the first half when Andy Kirk looked like he might be clean away. What was your view on that one?

RS: It was a night game and my eyes aren't the best for that. I'd have to see that one closely on the video with my night glasses on!

DS: You move on now to Bournemouth away and it is important for you to try and pick up a result there.

RS: Yes, there are nine games left and it is important that we try and finish the season on the best possible note and on a positive note. We will go there and we shall try and win. On the brighter side we've got Lee Peltier back after he's served his two match suspension and that is positive for us. Hopefully we've got one or two players who are a little bit closer to 100 percent match fitness.

DS: Your young Frenchman, Christophe. What did you make of his debut tonight?

RS: I thought that again he started really well. I thought he faded during the second half but I thought he made a very good impact and in particular during the first half an hour. He'll need to build on that. Again, he's lacked first team football. He's been playing reserve team football at Portsmouth and that is very different.

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